|Written by Jerry Santiago|
MLB betting Saturday will feature a critical sports betting matchup of the top two teams in the National League east division as the Phillies host the Marlins. MLB betting fans have seen the Marlins climb back into the NL east sports betting race and this series is a golden opportunity for them to close the gap even more.
The probable starting pitchers for this MLB betting matchup are right hander Ricky Nolasco for the Marlins and left hander Cole Hamels for the Phillies. Nolasco has a sports betting record this year of 7-7 straight up with a 5.00 earned run average. In his last 3 MLB betting appearances he went 1-0 with a 1.33 earned run average. He is 4-3 in his MLB betting career against the Phillies with a 4.47 earned run average.
Hamels is 7-6 with a 4.68 earned run average. In his last 3 MLB betting appearances he was 2-1 with a 4.50 earned run average. In his career against the Marlins he is 2-4 with a 3.95 earned run average.
The Florida Marlins have operated at a slight MLB betting profit on the road this year and have been one of the hottest teams on the board as of late. From July 20 through August 4 the Marlins went 9-4 to get back into the MLB betting post season race. Just 22 out of the Marlins first 51 road games went over the total. Hanley Ramirez leads the Marlin lineup as he was hitting .337 with 16 home runs and 69 runs batted in. Dan Uggla led the Marlins in home runs with 19 but he was hitting just .229. The Marlins have been harmed by the lack of an effective closer. Matt Lindstrom had 14 saves but a 6.30 earned run average.
The Philadelphia Phillies have actually been a money loser at home and have been at their best as a road MLB betting commodity. Just 23 out of the Phillies first 53 home games went over the total. The Phillies had one of the top lineups in baseball that was ranked 3rd in run production while their pitching staff ranked just 19th overall in earned run average. Raul Ibanez has led the lineup with a .303 average and 26 home runs with 75 runs batted in.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.